Tips on navigating CFPB job announcements on USAJobs
Every USAJobs announcement has several sections. All are important, but here are a few that deserve extra attention:
Who may apply
Make sure you're eligible to apply for the position. For example, some jobs are limited to current and former federal employees only. Look at Who May Apply to verify if the position is for:
- Status Candidates: Select this option if you are a current federal employee or previous federal employee who held a non-temporary appointment in the competitive service, or are eligible for reinstatement.
- Open to the Public: Select this option if you’ve never worked for the federal government, currently work for the federal government but aren’t eligible for merit promotion, or you’re not sure. You’re eligible as long as you are a U.S. Citizen.
- Veterans: Select this option if you’re eligible for veterans’ preference or have separated from the armed forced under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous military service.
- Individuals with disabilities: Select this option if you are an individual with a disability and you’re eligible to qualify under Schedule A.
Tip: If you are not eligible to apply to one announcement, there may be a different announcement for the same position for which you are eligible to apply. If you are eligible for more than one announcement, you can apply to each announcement for which you are eligible. You must apply to the correct announcement in order to be considered for the position.
The basic responsibilities of the position are highlighted in the Duties section. Be sure to read this section carefully. The title of the position might not reflect all of the job duties.
To be considered for the position, your application must demonstrate that you have experience relevant to each and every one of the listed qualifications (also known as the specialized experiences statement).
Tip: Throughout your application (for example, your resume), make sure that you reference the qualifications and how you possess the skills required by the position. Also note that the resume submitted with your application package will be used to set salary at the time of offer.
What to expect next
Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. In most instances, we expect to make a final job offer within 60 days after the deadline for applications.
The very first sentence in the Required Document section will list the documents you must include for that particular application. Requested documents may include a resume, vacancy question responses, transcript, writing sample, and/or SF50. USAjobs and USA Staffing are two separate parts of the application process. You can upload as many documents you would like to USAjobs; think of it as a filing cabinet for your documents which you can pick from when you apply to positions. However, when you go to apply from the USAjobs page, you are re-directed to USA Staffing to answer the questions and upload the required documents for that particular position. Any document you have selected from USAjobs account will automatically come over. You have to manually upload other documents to accompany your application, for documents not selected or uploaded to USAjobs.
Tip: If you’re attempting to upload a document (for example, writing sample) and do not see the appropriate document type to do so, include the document as “Other” in USAJOBs and then “other documents" in USA Staffing.
If you’d like to check the status of an application, log onto the USAjobs and go to your account Home.
Remember, you can also email a question to the application center (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to provide the Job Announcement Number and the Control Number for efficiency.
Tip: Contact the application center (email@example.com) if you need to inform the CFPB of a change to your contact information.